32 Inspiring Paulo Coelho Life Quotes That Will Move You

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Paulo Coelho de Souza is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist. In 2014, he uploaded his personal papers online to create a virtual Paulo Coelho Foundation.

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, he soon discovered his vocation for writing. He worked as a director, theater actor, songwriter and journalist.

When Coelho was 38 years old, he had a spiritual awakening in Spain and wrote about it in his first book, The Pilgrimage. It was his second book, The Alchemist, which made him famous. Paulo Coelho wrote the best-selling novel sold 35 million copies and is the most translated book in the world by a living author. ( Get The Alchemist audiobook for free.)

He has received numerous prestigious international awards. He is a member of the Academy of Letters of Brazil since 2002 and Messenger of Peace by the United Nations since 2007. In 2009 he received the Guinness World Record for the most translated author for the same book ( The Alchemist).

Coelho’s fans call his books inspiring and life-changing. His critics dismiss his writing as New Age drivel, promoting a vague spirituality devoid of rigor. A confident writer who rejects the self-help label-”I am not a self-help writer; I am a self-problem writer”-Coelho dismisses his naysayers’ critiques. “When I write a book I write a book for myself; the reaction is up to the reader,” he says. “It’s not my business whether people like or dislike it.”

Here are the most powerful Paulo Coelho life quotes:

The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.

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Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.

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Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

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If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.

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It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.

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Life can seem short or life can seem long, depending on how you live it.

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Stop thinking about life and choose to live it

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I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.

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Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.

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A life without a cause is a life without effect.

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Finding one important thing in your life doesn’t mean you have to give up all the other important things.

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I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.

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Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.

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I am two women: one wants to have all the joy, passion and adventure that life can give me. The other wants to be a slave to routine, to family life, to the things that can be planned and achieved. I’m a housewife and a prostitute, both of us living in the same body and doing battle with each other.

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If you have a past with which you feel dissatisfied, then forget it, now. Imagine a new story for your life and believe in it. Focus only on the moments when you achieved what you desired, and that strength will help you to get what you want.

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Life moves very fast. It rushes us from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds.

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It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.

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Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.

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Sometimes life is very mean: a person can spend days, weeks, months and years without feeling new. Then, when a door opens — a positive avalanche pours in. One moment, you have nothing, the next, you have more than you can cope with.

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Sometimes, we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down wonderful opportunities simply because we don’t know what to do with it.

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We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

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It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.

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But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.

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We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.

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There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.

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If only everyone could know and live with their inner craziness. Would the world be a worse place for it? No, people would be fairer and happier.

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My heart might be bruised, but it will recover and become capable of seeing beauty of life once more. It’s happened before, it will happen again, I’m sure. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive–I’ll find love again.

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In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. In real life, the pricesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs.

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They say that extroverts are unhappier than introverts and have to compensate for this by constantly proving to themselves how happy and contented and at ease with life they are.

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At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.

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At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.

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If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

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Originally published at https://motiveex.com on August 7, 2020.